EU High Representative Federica Mogherini met with the Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat, the Commissioner for Social Affairs of the African Union Commission Amira El Fadil, UNHCR High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi and IOM Director General António Vitorino in the margins of the 74th United Nations General Assembly.
Fighting and preventing migrant smuggling, and appropriately addressing trafficking in human beings including in the context of migration, are among core priorities of the European Union and a crucial element in providing a comprehensive response to irregular migration. Criminal networks take advantage of people’s despair and use land, sea and air routes to facilitate irregular migration. They put people’s lives at risk and seek in every way to maximise their profits. While trafficking in human beings and migrant smuggling are two different crimes and therefore subject to different legal frameworks they are closely interlinked. In recent years, the EU has put in place concrete actions and stepped up cooperation at EU level and with non-EU countries and organisations.
The European Union stands with the people of Venezuela and is at the forefront of the international mobilisation to solve the crisis in the country and support a political, democratic, peaceful and Venezuelan-owned solution.
On 23 September, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini chaired the 4th ministerial meeting of the International Contact Group (ICG) on Venezuela in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly. She announced that, together with UNHCR and IOM, the EU will co-host an International Solidarity Conference on Venezuelan refugee and migrant crisis in Brussels on 28-29 October 2019.
Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, held today a phone call with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi.